Scilly Featured In ‘Slow’ Tourism Guide

The islands have featured prominently in a new ‘slow’ tourism guide.

Bradt’s Slow Guide To Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, picks up on the new trend for a more leisurely approach to tourism, where the ‘must-see sights’ are featured less and visitors are encouraged to discover the landscape, wildlife and culture by themselves.

Author, Kirsty Fergusson, who lives near St Buryan, started her journey across the southwest on Bryher, where she says, ‘Slow is not so much a concept as a way of life.’

The book dedicates a whole chapter to Scilly, with recommendations for a visit to the museum, which it describes as, ‘no dusty collection’ and Valhalla on Tresco.

The author also mentions local eateries and pubs, such as Sabine’s German food at the Country Guesthouse, Adam’s Fish and Chips on St Martin’s and the Turk’s Head on St Agnes.

But interestingly for a guidebook, the author namechecks many locals, such as St Martin’s residents, organic farmer, Jonathan Smith and baker, Toby Tobin Dougan.

There are also a few hints to the local culture and economy, including a mention of the fact that most fish is sourced from the mainland, even though the fishermen here, “come about as close to the ideal of sustainable, mixed-species fishing as you can get.”

You can find more details of the guide on the Bradt Travel website.